Today's News

  • WLV, Pecos cheer champs recognized

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Several New Mexico state championship teams from the 2016-17 school year hailed from northeastern New Mexico. With the start of school approaching, a few of them are already gearing up for another season.

    Coach Isabel Cavazos and her West Las Vegas cheer squad, as well as coach Jessica Flores and Pecos’ cheerleaders, are among the first to jump back into the fray. West won state in Class 1A-4A co-ed cheer, while Pecos took the title for Class 3A cheer at the state spirit competition this past March

  • Volleyball camp

    A weeklong youth volleyball camp got under way at Robetson High School's Mike Marr Gym on Monday.

    The camp, presented by Fulgenzi and other coaches and players from the program that finished as Class 4A state runner-up last November, drew about 100 participants who are entering the second through the seventh grades.

  • Close call for Baby Cakes

    Eury Perez drove in the game-winning run with two out in the bottom of the 10th inning Monday, lifting New Orleans to a walk-off 6-5 win over visiting Albuquerque.

    The Isotopes lost for the fourth time in the past five games, sliding to 57-58 — two games out of first place in the division race. Salt Lake won Monday, ending a four-game skid to improve to 59-56.

  • NMHU on national list for moving up ladder

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University is one of the leading colleges in the country for boosting its students’ social mobility, according to the Brookings Institution.

  • Noticias, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@ lasvegasoptic.com.

    First Born program provides services to families in San Miguel and Mora counties. It is a free and confidential home visiting program. To learn more about the program, or to schedule an informational visit, call 454-1343.

    Comedor Soup Kitchen will offer a second evening meal at the Our Lady of Sorrows Parish Hall on the Plaza. Join us Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 4 p.m. for a hot meal and good company. Fresh produce and bread often available, as well as food pantry bags.

  • Qué Pasa, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017

    Saturday, Aug. 12

    8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The third annual Junktique/Antique flea market will be held at Lincoln Park. For more information, contact Martha at 426-4547 or email at lacatrina1954@hotmail.com.

    9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The third annual Local Emergency Planning Committee Expo will take place in the Las Vegas Walmart parking lot on Seventh Street. Demonstrations of all types and children’s activities are planned. Come meet your local first responders. Call 505-425-6190 for information.

  • Suspects sought in two armed robberies

    By Jason W. Brooks, Daily Optic Editor

    At least three suspects are being sought after a pair of Seventh Street businesses were robbed at gunpoint, police say.

    The Las Vegas Police Department issued a news release describing a July 30 armed robbery at Hibbett Sports and a similar incident Aug. 2 at Bealls department store, located in the same shopping center on Seventh Street at Legion Drive.

    As of Tuesday at press time, no suspects are in custody in either incident. Las Vegas Police say it believes the two robberies are connected.

  • Standing in

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Making full-length feature films involves many hours waiting in searing summer conditions and dangerous winter temperatures.

    For Mark Esquibel, a Highlands and Luna college student and Las Vegas native who has had a chance to work on films as a stunt double, meeting actors and others who treat him with respect is just one of the many payoffs of working in film.

  • Co-founder of now-international religious society passes away

    A man who was the first member of a Catholic facility in the Mora area has passed away.

    Father John S. McHugh died Monday, in Corpus Christi, Texas, at the generalate where he lived for the last five of his 93 years. He is best-known in New Mexico for being the first member of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, or SOLT, founded by Father James Flanagan in the summer of 1958. 

  • N.M. cow shootings spark rancher fears

    From The Associated Press

    CARLSBAD — The fatal shootings of several cows in southeastern New Mexico have sparked fears of a serial cattle killer running loose. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports Eddy County Sheriff’s Office announced this week that another six cattle on two separate properties were shot and killed.

    Detectives say a high-caliber rifle was used in the shooting from within a half-mile radius. Deputies have ruled out an accidental shooting and don’t believe the cows are being killed for meat since they were left in fields.